March 15, 1953 - April 3, 2016
Ann was born into the Catholic faith in St. Joseph, Missouri on March 15, 1953, to Timothy J. and Betty (Nacke) Mahoney. At 14 months of age she contracted viral meningitis, which left her developmentally disabled. In spite of her disability, Ann lived life to the fullest – learning to ride a bike, graduating from the special education program at Spring Branch High School, and demonstrating her unwavering commitment to Catholicism in all she did, from participating in Sunday masses to embracing those around her with love and kindness. Just prior to her 18th birthday, Ann began to exhibit signs consistent with serious mental illness, resulting in a hospitalization that ultimately led to her residence at the Mary Lee Foundation in Austin, where she lived until the age of 55. While at Mary Lee, Ann participated in various day programs, enjoyed visits home to Houston and regularly attended mass at St. Ignatius Martyr Church. In her spare time, Ann enjoyed making bracelets, drawing and going to the movies. Ann was an original “foodie”. While she enjoyed a good home-cooked meal, her favorite food was Mexican. She loved children and embraced the numerous nieces and nephews in her life with open arms and many kisses. In 2008, Ann relocated to Arizona, where she spent the remainder of her years in her sister’s care. Though she was quite ill by that time, on good days she would enjoy bowling, getting manicures, and swimming. On Divine Mercy Sunday to our sadness and her release, Ann passed into the hands of the Heavenly Father. Ann believed herself to be in the presence of Jesus in her last few days, which brought her great comfort. She is survived by her parents, Timothy and Betty Mahoney, siblings Mary Clare Drosche, Margy Mahoney, Betsy Dreicer, Timie Creedon and Joe Mahoney and their respective families. A visitation and rosary service will be held at Dettling Funeral Home, 14094 Memorial, Houston, TX 77079 on Sunday May 15th from 2 to 4 pm. The holy rosary will be recited a t 3 pm. Funeral Mass will be held for Ann on Monday May 16th at 10:30 am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail, Houston, TX 77079. The family wishes to acknowledge the many compassionate people that have assisted in Ann’s care over the years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, an agency committed to alleviating the suffering and stigma of mental illness, at www.bbrfoundation.org , The Center, which promotes growth and personal independence in adults with developmental disabilities or the Special Olympics, 10777 Northwest Freeway #110, Houston, TX 77092.
Ann was born into the Catholic faith in St. Joseph, Missouri on March 15, 1953, to Timothy J. and Betty (Nacke) Mahoney. At 14 months of age she contracted viral meningitis, which left her developmentally disabled. In spite of her disability,... View Obituary & Service Information
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